Key Peninsula Middle School seventh grader Bobbi Worden won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade photography category in the Pierce County Library System's 20th annual teen writing and art contest, Our Own Expressions, in May. Worden won the category for her photograph, "Me."
The sentencing hearing for Lance Gloor, owner of the former KPN Cross medical marijuana dispensary in Key Center, has been delayed until June 17 in federal court in Tacoma.
The Washington State Emergency Food Network last month presented Key Peninsula's Food Backpacks 4 Kids program with its annual John Schultz Silver Spoon Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.
The Key Peninsula Veterans will host their annual Aisle of Honor ceremony the Sunday before Memorial Day at Vaughn Bay Cemetery at the corner of 100th Street KPN and 186th Avenue KPN.
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) hosted speakers to discuss grandparents’ rights at its March meeting in addition to covering routine business.
Three speakers made presentations on the rights of grandparents.
The Key Peninsula Lions Club invites all KP citizens and friends to attend the 32nd annual Key Peninsula Citizen of the Year Award banquet Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m., at the KP Civic Center. Reservations are available from members of the KP Lions Club, Sunnycrest Nursery or the Blend Wine Shop in Key Center, or at Cost Less Pharmacy in Wauna. The Lions will be grateful to accept a $25 contribution per guest to defray the cost of the event.
Profiles of the citizens nominated for the honor of KP Citizen of the Year 2015-16 appear below. Community members submitted their nominations to the KP Lions Club, whose members will vote by secret ballot to determine who will be KP Citizen of the Year. The winner will be announced at the banquet.
The guest speaker for the event is U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer. Jacque Henry Events is the planner; the caterer is Steven King. Elected and wanna-be-elected public officials will serve dinner to their constituents.
The Key Peninsula Historical Society (KPHS) museum, located at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn, plans an El Sombrero dinner for members and friends and all others interested March 7, 5-9 p.m.
El Sombrero owners Cathy and Pablo contribute to the community by offering these evenings to local organizations as fundraisers. Ten percent of the dinner receipts during those hours will be given to KPHS for the museum.
The KPHS annual membership meeting, open to prospective members and interested friends, will be in the Whitmore Room at the civic center March 19, beginning at noon.
A brief meeting will include election of officers, with the main program being memories of Vaughn Library Hall, shared by many who enjoyed various activities there. A discussion and vote regarding acceptance of the library hall building and property as a gift to KPHS by the current owners will follow.
For information on these events, membership or the museum, call 888-3246.
Residents of the Key Peninsula recently formed The Longbranch Foundation, a tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to raise funds for the preservation of historic structures, maintenance of the grounds of The Longbranch Improvement Club for public recreational use, and preservation of the environment of Filucy Bay.
The foundation will also support scholarship programs and public school activities, and support other community service organizations and activities.
The foundation is affiliated with The Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC), which was formed in 1921 for the betterment of the community.
The new foundation will focus on funding for recognized charitable activities, which will allow donors full tax deductibility for donations to the Foundation of funds, goods, and services.
The officers of the new Foundation are Clark Van Bogart (president), Francie Carr (vice president), Judy Riggs (secretary), and Jim Hettinger (treasurer).
According to Van Bogart, the first planned activity for the foundation will be a garage and yard sale to be held at the LIC clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 23.
Items may be donated to the foundation for sale to the public, and donors will be provided a receipt to support a charitable contribution tax deduction.
In addition, vendors can rent indoor or outdoor booths to sell their own merchandise. A silent auction will be conducted, and food and beverages will be available, Van Bogart said.
The LIC is located at 4312 Key Peninsula Highway South.
For information, contact Clark Van Bogart at (253) 549-9129 or .
Transportation For America has selected Pierce County council member Derek Young to participate in the 2016 Transportation Leadership Academy.
The yearlong training academy focuses on teaching local leaders about performance measurements to better assess the impacts and benefits of transportation spending. The system is designed to help officials deploy assets to maximize tax dollars and generate the greatest return for citizens.
“I'm pleased to have another opportunity to serve Pierce County and our region,” said Young, in a recent press release.
“With the recent passage of transportation bills at both the state and federal level, it's critical that we enhance accountability to the public,” added Young, who represents the 7th Council District. “Developing and implementing performance standards will ensure we invest wisely and make those transportation dollars go further.”
Young is a Pierce County member of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). His experience with the council made him a prime candidate for the training. He currently represents Pierce County on the Growth Management Policy Board and participates in the decision-making for county planning and transportation. Previously, he served on the executive board and operations committee, the release said.
Young will join other participants from six different regions across the country at in-person workshops and online training sessions.
The program, created by Transportation for America in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, will educate the seven teams made up of local business, civic, elected leaders and transportation professionals at the early stages of performance measure development. It will prepare participants to act on opportunities within their communities and plug them into a national network of like-minded leaders throughout the country.
For information, visit Transportation for America at transportationforamerica.org.
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) held its first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 14.
Reports from standing committees were as follows:
KP School Bus Connects: Marcia Harris reviewed the program, which school buses during off hours for public transportation.
Originally running on Tuesdays, the program has been expanded to three days a week (M, T, Th). Number of riders is up 40 percent during this time from last year. Special service was provided to the KP Veterans for their Aisle of Honor Memorial Day program. Harris said the program was presented to Washington Association of Pupil Transportation conference and received enthusiastically. KP School Bus Connects has signage at stops and a phone number to remember: 884-BUSS.
KP Farm Council (KPFC): KPFC will recognize that 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the farm tour. This year they plan to publish a video history of the Key Peninsula. The KPFC and KPC are working on a memorandum of understanding to establish management of income and expenses for KPFC.
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 in the Home fire station.
KP Youth Council (KPYC): Rion Tisino, advisor chair, presented. Initially a high school program, KPYC now is centered at KP Middle School.
One of the main activities is student participation in Youth Advocacy Day in Olympia on Feb. 16, and they will be working to advertise and recruit participants. KPYC meetings are planned for the first Tuesday of each month. Five meetings are planned for the KPYC this year. Goals include building partnership with Red Barn, CHI Franciscan Youth Non-Violence program, and Pen Met Parks youth programs. Don Swensen offered to dedicate the tip jar donations to Youth Council for the month of January to help fund the Olympia trip. The Angel Guild may also be a source of support.
Other reports came from Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission (KPAC) and the KP Healthy Communities Partnership (KPHCP).
Don Swenson, chair of KPAC, reviewed the updated role of the commission as a communications conduit with Pierce County. They will work on a speakers program with county-related issues including talks from the Sheriff and transportation department. The Feb. 17 meeting will include a presentation by owners of the medical marijuana shops to explain their concerns about implementation of Intiative 502.
Susan Paganelli, co-executive director of the Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community, reported that she and co-director Ben Paganelli have now met with chairs of transportation, hunger and health/wellness teams. In addition they have met with the steering committee to clarify partnership names, and processes for moving forward with asset mapping a priority. They also visited Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation in Enumclaw, an organization that will serve as a model for this project.
In other business, the Social Media and Web Committee was defined and members were selected. The are: Irene Torres, chair, Colleen Mullen, Neil Sampson and Danna Webster.
The board discussed future presentations because KPAC will concentrate on county-related issues, KPC will focus on other areas. CenturyLink will be invited to the March meeting. Other suggestions included WSDOT, KP School Bus Connects, Key Peninsula farming, panel with DSHS and Grandparents Rights, state DUI strategies and the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation.